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Double Echo
8th Nov 2005, 17:15
I got in my car this morning (Yo dude's check out ma ride!) and I immediately cranked up the stereo for some "Wake me up before my ass gets splattered all over the M3" type music, and I have to say the opening riffs of certain songs immediately give you that "Grabbed by the scruff of the neck" feeling..

My personal fave is the opening mighty riffs from Guns N Roses - Paradise City...

Any other opinions???

8th Nov 2005, 17:20
Eagles live intro to 'Hotel California' on 'Hell Freezes Over'.

And now you've got me thinking, Level 42, 'Chinese Way'.

tall and tasty
8th Nov 2005, 17:21
Most songs by Bon Jovi get me going

"Wanted dead or alive" is one of my I have to move to, love the opening bars

But saying that I love soft/hard rock and one that I really had to crank up was

Midnight Oil "beds are burning" awesume.

In fact typing that has got the song going through my head right now! Thanks will be set up for the drive home!

TnT :ok: ;) :p

8th Nov 2005, 17:22
Turn the volume up to 11 and crank out Back in Black, AC/DC :E


8th Nov 2005, 17:29
my favorite intros......
Green Grass and High Tides-the Outlaws
Cowgirl in the Sand-Neil Young
Carry On-CSN&Y
Crazy on You - Heart
Never Been Any Reason-Head East
Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin-Sly and the Family Stone
Nothing Else Matters-Metallica

tony draper
8th Nov 2005, 17:46
Money for nothing,Dire Straits.
Waters of Love, Dire Straits.
Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits.

8th Nov 2005, 17:54
Waterfront...........Simple Minds
Money..............Pink Floyd
Two Tribes......Frankie goes to Hollywood
Owner of a lonely Heart...Yes
Stairway to Heaven........Led Zep
Living in America.........James Brown
Lazy.............Deep Purple

Gonna get some of me old music out now and listen and drink whiskey...this has fired the lughole fever up!!:} :}
It will be loud in my area tonight methinks:E :E

White Bear
8th Nov 2005, 18:02
Pin Ball Wizzard - Who.


8th Nov 2005, 18:13
Layla.................Derek & the Dominos


Mr Tambourine Man.....................Byrds

Caribbean Blue.......................Enya (yeah, I know....)

Down Down.................Status Quo

Heard It Through The Grapevine................Marvin Gaye

8th Nov 2005, 18:32
With you there TD !

Except, I would also include Romeo & Juliet and Walk of Life.

Maybe your journey's not long enough?

8th Nov 2005, 19:06
It just has to be Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzie

8th Nov 2005, 19:20
Another girl another planet.. The only ones

8th Nov 2005, 19:22
I wanna be adored - The Stone Roses

Waterfall - The Stone Roses

Sweet child o' mine - Gns N Roses

Live forever - Oasis

Love Spreads - Stone Roses

Loadsa Jimmy Hendrix songs have top intros.......

The only one i know - The Charlatans

Chasing Rainbows - Shed Seven

Just when your thinking things over- The Charlatans!!

Love it!!!:ok:

8th Nov 2005, 19:33
My favourite has to be the intro to 'India' by The Psychedelic Furs' . Gives me a warm glow inside whenever I hear it, every time. Intro (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/clipserve/B0000025K6001001/202-6115369-2172605)

Just to relax to on the way to work to prepare for the day ahead, I listen to 'Country Bus' by Jake Thackray. :ok:

8th Nov 2005, 19:44
Lotsa good ones already mentioned above a couple of others:

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (yes, I know it's been overplayed, but it's still great).
Custard Pie by Led Zepp.

C130 Techie
8th Nov 2005, 19:48
Won't get fooled again - The Who

More than a feeling - Boston

Sylvia - Focus

Should I stay or should I go - The Clash.

Teenage Kicks - The Undertones

No more Heroes - The Stranglers

Bat out of Hell - Meatloaf

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

8th Nov 2005, 20:37
Barrel of a gun-Depeche mode
Run to the hills-Iron Maiden
One- Metallica
Fleetwood mac-Big love:ok:

8th Nov 2005, 20:42
"Why Can't We Live Together" - Sade, Timmy Thomas and many others.

"Where The Streets Have No Name" - U2 (Live even better!)

"Cantaloup" - US3 (Funky, Funky...)

"Golden Brown" - Stranglers

8th Nov 2005, 20:45
Favourite intro?

"Plaistow Patricia" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads.... once heard, never forgotten. :ooh:

8th Nov 2005, 20:50
"Did someone call me a w*nker....?" Hugh Cornwell - All Day and All Of the Night - Stranglers live....

tony draper
8th Nov 2005, 21:54
Mr Knopfler being Geordie alus puts a nice piece of guitar work at the front end of his numbers.

8th Nov 2005, 22:46
Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd.

Eye In The Sky - Alan Parsons Project.

Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate - Jackson Browne.

Harvest Moon - Neil Young.

Ride My See-Saw - The Moody Blues.

The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics.

Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procul Harum.

Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman.

8th Nov 2005, 23:02
T'would take the young Farrell 'til he's an old man to go through his entire collection but off the top of my head:

FM - Steely Dan
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Dangerous - The Doobie Brothers
Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood and The Destroyers
Midnight Blue - Lou Gramm
Runnin' Down A Dream - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Ordinary World - Duran Duran
Physical Sex - The Darkness
and I suppose Jump - Van Halen , although I prefer Panama

(By the way, if any of you have a long lost track that you have lost, chances are I probably have it and would be happy to help)

B Fraser
8th Nov 2005, 23:17
Best intro ????? It has to be Enter Sandman by Metallica :E Drop the top on the car, turn the sound system up to 11 and just try staying within the speed limit....not easy.

It's good to see The Focus mentioned by C130. I was in a Dutch bar some years back when I picked up an acoustic and started mucking around with some chord sequences and remembered the intro to Sylvia. A beer was suddenly passed across by the owner of the bar....cool :cool:

Champagne Anyone?
8th Nov 2005, 23:24
I know its not really lyrics but there are certain instrumental intros which are simply stunning as they come blasting through the speakers...

633 Sqn...

Dangerzone from Top Gun

Top Gun Theme by Van Halen

Then classics like Elton John, Dire straights, Floyd...

8th Nov 2005, 23:46
Where the street's have no name............ U2

The Edge is THE best guitarist ever. :cool:

9th Nov 2005, 01:47
Led Zep - 'The Song Remains The Same' (Live)

For: Jimmy Page at combat power on the twelve string. (Dickheads need not apply!)

Peter Gabriel - Any song

Robbie Robertson - 'Somewhere down the crazy river'

For: Awesome sound - took 2 weeks to mix by Bob Clearmountain, apparently

The Tea Party - Heaven Coming Down
For: Probably some of the best 12 string guitar sound ever committed to tape

Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
For: Being the most recognisable intro that any 12 yr old can play trying out an electric gtr

Thin Lizzy - Southbound
For: Les Paul/Marshall amps/Guitar harmonies

The Rolling Stones: Honky Tonk Women
For: Simplicity, Charlie Watts drum sound and groove, Keefs 'gimpy' guitar

Oh - I nearly forgot:

Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks & Misty Mountain Hop
For: Introducing the world to MASSIVE ambient drumsounds - must have been quite a shock in 1973...

Plus LOADS more that will only bore you - if I haven't already:ok:

9th Nov 2005, 01:56
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky

The one intro guaranteed to get your foot tapping, head bobbing or whatever.

Arm out the window
9th Nov 2005, 03:09
'Rush You' by the Baby Animals is a ripper.

'Radar Love' - Golden Earring.

Maude Charlee
9th Nov 2005, 09:40
The intro to "One Vision" recorded live at Knebworth on the Magic Tour is pretty hard to beat purely for the crowd reaction on the first big chord. Squarer than SpongeBob's pants these days unfortunately, but Queen rocked. :D

9th Nov 2005, 09:56
Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones

Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

All Right Now - Free

Gloria - Them

Baby Please Don't Go - Them

Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Dak Mechanic
9th Nov 2005, 09:57
Sweet home Alabama - Lynard Skynard

Hey You & Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Just about anything from Guns & Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy...

Cold Gin & Detroit Rock City - Kiss

Apologies for the last one, but C4's Rock School has had me dusting off long forgotten LP's; It might be corny but it's good stuff!

Ex Headbanger

Echo Zulu Yankee
9th Nov 2005, 10:01
It'd have to be

Paradise City - G 'n' R
Don't tread on me - Metallica

There are loads more but those are the ones which go in the car to wake me up.

Oh and anything by Girls Aloud :E

low n' slow
9th Nov 2005, 10:17
The best song ever to fly to is.....
Gimme some lovin - spencer davies group

rated second is probably.....
The show must go on - Queen

Run through the jungle - Creedence

All of these songs require the flying to be of an active type such as towing gliders. On level, the game changes and the only song to be listned to is....
Svefn G. Englar - Sighur Rós

9th Nov 2005, 11:16
I can not believe the thread has got this far without :-
House of the rising Sun - I get shivers down my neck just thinking about it

tony draper
9th Nov 2005, 11:39
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9th Nov 2005, 11:44
Favourite intro's in no particular order.

"Times like these"- Foo Fighters

"Crime scene part one"- Afghan Whigs

"Gimme shelter" - The Rolling Stones

"Sabotage"- The Beastie Boys

"Open up"- Leftfield

"What time is love?" - The KLF

"No woman no cry" - Bob Marley (the 1975 live version)

"The Fly" - U2

"Leash" - Pearl Jam

"Sad But True" - Metallica

"Boys of Summer" - Don Henley

"Last Goodbye" - Jeff Buckley

"Over the hills and far away" - Led Zeppelin

"Innuendo" - Queen

"Long cool woman in a black dress (?)" - The Hollies

"Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins

"Thunderstruck" - AC/DC

Heartily second "Where the streets have no name", "I wanna be adored", "Enter Sandman", and "Back in black"

How about songs that have great intros but then utterly fail to live up to them?

9th Nov 2005, 12:29
Can't believe the best intro ever not here yet

"How Soon is Now" by The Smiths, classic, also the bass intro to Our House by Madness always makes me shiver

Romeo Charlie
9th Nov 2005, 21:55
I agree with most of the above, but fear the best Dire Straits intro is 'Private Investigations'.

However, the best I have ever heard was the intro/fade in to 'Alba' from 'Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh' at Runrig's 'Live at Stirling Castle - Donnie Munro's Farewell' concert.

Arm out the window
10th Nov 2005, 01:38
Two 'slowies' -

Under the Bridge - Chilli Peppers

Better Man - Pearl Jam

But of course what could be better for atmospherics than Pink Floyd's 'Shine on you crazy diamond'?

10th Nov 2005, 03:48
Baba O'Riley - The Who

Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits

Hammer To Fall - Queen

10th Nov 2005, 05:30
low 'n slow, that would have to be my pick, the screaming R&B from Stevie Winwood gets the hairs prickling. :D

On a quieter note, Billy Joel's bluesy "New York State of Mind" and the melancholic intro to "Stranger" don't fade in popularity.

Martha Reeves and the Vandella's "Nowhere to run to", for retro.

Knopfler's "Wild West End".

ditto: Simple Minds' "Waterfront".
ditto: James Brown's "Living in America"

But, who remembers Mike Nesmith's "Fly Down to Rio"? :hmm:

Little Blue
10th Nov 2005, 06:03
Sex Pistols - "God save the Queen"
Stone Roses - "I wanna be adored"
Simple Minds - "New Gold Dream"
Pink Floyd - "Shine on you crazy diamond"
and my favorite EVER !
The Skids - " Charade".....well, I like it, anyway !


10th Nov 2005, 07:40
Wisemen by James Blunt. Nothing dramatic just a subtle lead up, probably because I like the song at the moment.

10th Nov 2005, 08:48
New Order - Blue Monday 83

Kraftwerk - Europe Endless

The Stone Roses - This is the one

but the greatest intro ever is indeed The Smiths - How soon is now :ok:

10th Nov 2005, 08:53
Watcher of the Skies by Genesis. Not so much the studio version as the live version, the very first song of the concert. Superb.

Dance on a Volcano by a post Gabriel Genesis was almost as good.

Also, Close to the Edge by Yes and Shine on you Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd. Very long intros to VERY long songs :ok:

10th Nov 2005, 09:28
Holy Grail - Hunters and Collectors
Turn a Blind Eye - Hunters and Collectors
Do you see what I see - H&C
World where you live - Crowded House
Bless my Soul - Powderfinger
Holiday - Green Day
What I like about you - Ramones
Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
Lay me Down - Live
Dumb Things - Paul Kelly
Gimme some Lovin - Gangajang
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits

.... and many others...

10th Nov 2005, 12:42
I agree with many of the suggestions above but would like to add

Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull

There are many versions of it, and various live versions, too. The longer the better.

10th Nov 2005, 13:04
Am I alone in never having even heard of a fair proportion of the artistes mentioned, never mind the individual tracks?

Perhaps I need to stay in more?

10th Nov 2005, 20:12
Just like to add one more:

Cozy Powell, Dance with the Devil;
what a drummer!

10th Nov 2005, 20:40
Honky Tonk Women - stones

Diamond Dogs (album) - Bowie

Silver Machine - Hawkwind

On the Road Again - Canned Heat

Voodoo Chile - Hendrix

Samba Pa Ti - Santana

Money - Floyd.

Ravel's Bolero

BTW a record producer once told me if you don't get the punter listening intently in the first 20 - 30 seconds of a song/tune then he had failed in his job.

10th Nov 2005, 22:06
Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix

Enter Sandman - Metallica

One - Metallica

Existence is Punishment - Crowbar

Chop Suey - System Of A Down

10th Nov 2005, 23:24
There have been some real belters mentioned above, but for me there is one track that overshadows them all.

From Cheap Trick - Live at Budakhan, 'Ain't that a shame'

Just can't be beaten. (In my 'umble opinion)

11th Nov 2005, 08:58
Wish you were here - Pink Floyd

11th Nov 2005, 09:32
The Mighty Floyd, Shine on you Crazy Diamond. Can't believe that hasn't come up, no one did intro's like Floyd.

11th Nov 2005, 11:09
I hesitate to mention it here, but:

Fear Of The Dark (live version) by one of our own dear mods

Hope Danny doesn't start singing though. :p

11th Nov 2005, 11:19
Apologies for some repeats:

Mersey Paradise - The Stone Roses

Town Called Malice - The Jam

That's Entertainment - The Jam

Run Like Hell (Live) - Pink Floyd

Thunderstruck - ACDC

Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits

Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel

Pretty Persuasion - R.E.M. (playing at the moment)

Stupid Girl - Garbage

That'll do for now. :cool:

11th Nov 2005, 11:51
The Mighty Floyd, Shine on you Crazy Diamond. Can't believe that hasn't come up

....err, well I wouldn't like to accuse anybody of being lazy, but in fact you were the FIFTH poster to mention it, three of them on the same page as your post. :rolleyes:

As far as unforgettable intros, also agree with Gimme Some Lovin'. da-da-da-da-da dum! da-da-da-da-da dum! Also Baba O'Riley, Ride My See-Saw and Gloria, all previously mentioned.

One of my own favourites for being instantly recognisable and still fresh is the piano intro on I Say a Little Prayer for You.

keyboard flier
11th Nov 2005, 12:43
In no particular order.

Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N Roses

More than a feeling - Boston

Don't fear the reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Get Weavin' - The Macc Lads (a personal favourite of mine)

11th Nov 2005, 16:56
Just thought of another great intro, not for musical talent, but for the words;
Don McLean - American Pie

Solid Rust Twotter
11th Nov 2005, 17:04
Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CSN&Y

Dark Star - CSN&Y

Anything by John Hiatt.

11th Nov 2005, 18:15
Low and Slow got it (and I'm a bit perterbed with the rest of our PPruners that it took until page two to be mentioned)! In my opinion, there's no better opening than Spenser Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin.'" The Bass and Drums, closely followed by the wail of the Hammond B3 and Leslie cabinet -- Whoooa. I dare anyone to listen to that song and not crack a smile, or drive a car without wanting to smash the accelerator to the floor ... Hang on babes, this one's going to be FUN. There's a reason that Steve Winwood always saves that one for his encore -- it leaves the audience on a truly high note.



11th Nov 2005, 20:02
How about "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (Iron Butterfly) ?

11th Nov 2005, 20:41
As an Anglo-Saxon (although part Latin...) I wish to speak up in defence of a French :uhoh: group, "Trust"...

Not sure if they still exist (One-Hit-Wonder :confused: ?), but they had a song called "Antisocial" many years ago (early '80s), which had a fab. intro., and which I listen to fondly ! :ok:

... Shows my age, eh ? :{


Edited (Repeatedly- No more beer!) to generally tidy up post...

11th Nov 2005, 23:29
Rod Stewart- 'Mandolin Wind'.
Start of Jimmy Hendricks 'Star Spangled Banner' , but it gets a bit much after a while...

Flying Farmer
12th Nov 2005, 09:49
Black Rose ............ Thin Lizzy

Old time rock and roll .......... Bob Seger and the silver bullet band

La Grange ............... ZZ Top

The Wind Crys Mary ............ Hendrix

Ain't That A Shame ............. Cheap Trick

Talk Dirty To Me ............... Poison

Whisky in the jar ................. Metallica

Guess I'm a 60s child :}

Hanse Cronje
12th Nov 2005, 10:13
Have to agree with an earlier post:

The Who, Baba O'Riley (Plus several others of theirs)

Dire Straits, Romeo & Juliet (plus Private Investigations)

Crowded House, Private Universe (Recurring Dream??)

Chris Isaak, Wicked Game

Bruce Springsteen, Secret Garden

Aerosmith, Let the Music do the Talking

The Exponenets, Christchurch (In Cashel St, I Wait)

and i think you will find that Mark Knopler is the best guitarist...

12th Nov 2005, 11:57
Trust parted company about 5 years ago.
I have all of their albums. If there's anything in particular that you'd like to listen to, just let me know.

12th Nov 2005, 12:33
Just remembered another one;

White Wedding by Billy Idol

12th Nov 2005, 13:29
Un grand merci, Farrell :ok:

Cependant, it's their only song which I know- First heard it listening to the Hit-Parade on Europe 1 (Long-wave in those days!) in my room, I must have been all of... 12? :confused:

Must have heard XTC's "Making plans for Nigel" round about the same time, and, just to keep (roughly) to the thread, that one's got a pretty good intro too!


12th Nov 2005, 13:41
JUMP by Van Halen

Born In the USA by Bruce Springsteen

Dread Bass by Dead Dread


13th Nov 2005, 03:17
They're coming back to me slowly....

All this talk of Pink Floyd and nobody has mentioned the song which introduced a whole generation of dope smokers to the joys of the tenor sax; Us and Them. Immediately followed on the album by another great intro; the alarm clocks in Time.

Far out, man! :ok:

Arm out the window
13th Nov 2005, 08:26
Ahhh, yes Binos, thanks for the reminder....even without the dreaded weed but just a few drinks you can get that floating sensation from those tracks...

Just a quick edit now to add a reflection on the pleasurable sensation of hearing those lazy 'upstroke' chords at the start of 'Breathe in the air'...fine work.

22nd Nov 2005, 11:49
God, it's taken ten days, but I finally remembered one of the great intros; The Doors, LA Woman.... V8 engine, gentle guitar, bass, oh what a great bass, turn it up!.... drums that perfectly complement the bass, more insistent guitar, keyboards (how much better does this get, turn it up more!) drums up one tempo for the perfect example of how drums are unfairly maligned, then Mr Morrison chiming in perfectly with vocals.

Pretty well perfect. :ok:

22nd Nov 2005, 12:17
Solid Rusty, just casually pr00ning the thread and there, 2nd on your list, is one of the most evocative sounds ever. I've got it on the desktop and play it whenever I need a lift! Took me an age to find it on the web, until I asked my younger lad, then shbang, there it was.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young = outstanding in my book, but then again my wife has always queried my musical taste. For instance, she has the temerity to critisise Joni Mitchell - you understand my problem?

:ok: :ok:

22nd Nov 2005, 12:19
Hmmm. The Moody Blues tried hard for big intros too with their early albums. As CM mentioned earlier, Ride My See Saw was a good example, as was The Story in Your Eyes, even if both of them were a crossover from a previous track.

As somebody whose top 10 albums has always included To Our Children's Children's Children, I can never forget Higher and Higher as an intro...

Blasting, billowing, bursting forth with the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes; Man with his flaming pyre has conquered the wayward breezes...etc

OK, it's corny looking back, but for anybody who's ever fallen in love with an album, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say that was my epiphany. My whole attitude to music changed when I heard that album.

22nd Nov 2005, 14:06
Good thread.

For me, there are so many but here's a few

Black dog Led Zep, or rock and roll, put either of these on in the car and you just want to floor the pedal.
(Moby dick as well)

AC/DC She's got balls, or back in black

Lynryd skynrd - Tuesday's gone, freebird, coming home

Bob Dylan - Sara, Don' think twice its alright (Budokan version) same concert Its alright ma, going going gone (studio)

Neil Young - Cortez the killer

Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road

I'll be thinkinhg about this all day now, maybe come back with some more later

22nd Nov 2005, 14:24
Best intros:

Bob Dylan - Tangled up in Blue

The Wallflowers feat. Bruce Springsteen - One Headlight

Sublime - What I got

Coldplay - Clocks

Dire Straits - Sultans of swing

Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life

Good Charlotte - I just wanna live

Stabbing Westward - Save yourself

Len - Steal my sunshine

Chicane - Live at palladium (theres a good 20 minute intro there)

Michael Jackson - Scream (sorry, but its true, one hell of an intro)
or while we're at it what about 'Black and White'?

The best is: Eagles - Hotel California (I know its been said)

the beater
22nd Nov 2005, 14:36
Anything by Greenday, but especially;

She, and

Basket Case.

The best opening lyrics?
No Sheep 'til Buxton - The Macc Lads

22nd Nov 2005, 16:40
Street Fighting Man - Stones

I didn't know Bruce Springsteen was on One Headlight (I know who Jakob Dylan's dad is though)

22nd Nov 2005, 16:42
In the car and nice & loud........

One slip - Pink Floyd

Child of Vision - Supertramp

Excellent stuff.

22nd Nov 2005, 16:58
The opening moments of "Born Slippy" by Underworld.

It's like the sun coming up!

22nd Nov 2005, 20:24
AC/DC Hells Bells, unusually atmospheric it sends those shivery
things down the spine as it builds.
Motorhead Boogie Man, Lemmy belts out a great intro on his

Windy Militant
22nd Nov 2005, 23:07
Ghost town by the Specials.
Seven days is too long- Chuck Wood.
The Drifter- Ray Pollard.
Do I love you- Frank Wilson.
The Liquidator- Harry J all stars
Double Barrel- Dave and Ansel Collins.
Johnny B Good-Chuck Berry.
Anybody else notice that the Lads in their best brown baggies and platform souls have been abducted by aliens from the Sultans of Swing, or was it the local jazz club fixed them for not giving a damn about any trumpet playing band :suspect: